Supply chain software firm NGC announced that headwear manufacturer BioWorld Merchandising has selected NGC's e-PLM and e-SPS software for product lifecycle management and global sourcing.

The systems will be used to help BioWorld manage product design and sourcing for hundreds of licensed brands in music, entertainment and beverages, as well as its own private-label business.

"For each of our licensed styles, we must manage two processes in parallel - our own product development, as well as providing designs and samples to our licensees for approvals or revisions," said Raj Malik, president, BioWorld.

"When you apply this process to hundreds of licensees - each with its own design requirements and multiple SKUs - plus our own private label brands, it's a very complex business model," he continued. "Time is of the essence. We built our business on being able to quickly turn licensed products from China, usually within 60 days. Our customers have become accustomed to this fast turnaround and now expect it."

NGC's solution for BioWorld included a centralised information to reduce errors, and eliminated the need for BioWorld to enter information into several different systems.